Can Your Brain Keep Up?
The world has become faster. Are you fast enough? Is your mental performance fast enough to keep up with the growing demands of everyday work? But who is, really?
Two million healthy people sometimes use psychostimulants and concentration enhancing medications for better job performance which scientists call “neuroenhancement”.
Around the world, studies are being conducted on drugs that will help improve mental fitness of people who suffer from age or disease-related memory disorders. But healthy individuals are also interested in what these drugs could do to help them with their jobs.
Everyone is hopeful that there will be a miracle cure that will hopefully improve their memory and learning skills.
Risks and side effects
The available prescription drugs in the market today are not intended for daily use of healthy people. The dangers of these drugs are not very well known and the long-term and desired side effects are also unclear.
Modafinil, for example, was developed for those who suffer from sleepiness. Though deemed safe, scientists don’t know yet how anti-sleeping pill does to the brain.
Ritalin, prescribed primarily to children with attention deficit disorder, the effects on healthy people is still unclear. Although studies have shown that many individuals noticed an increase in their concentration but didn’t perform any better than before. The effect on others wasn’t successful either.
Worldwide Acceptance of Brain-Enhancing Drugs
Brain functions cannot be increased immediately but many people still obtain these prescription drugs. Not everyone will have the same results when they take performance-enhancing drugs.
Aside from the adverse effects of brain-enhancing drugs, several other questions come up too. Will performance-enhancing drugs be taken like headache tablets today? Will universities formally allow the use of these medications and uphold regulations? What would be the role of these drugs in the lives of workers and their employers?
There has to be wide, social dialogue about brain-enhancing drugs. The world accepted nicotine and the damages it does to the whole body. But why haven’t we accepted these psychostimulants? That discussion is yet to happen.